So far, 2021 has been a year of mixed sentiments. With optimistic vaccine rollouts on one hand, and the fear of new Delta strains on the other. Need not to mention the ongoing economic recoveries, societal altercations, and many else. While these happenings occupy our attention, the Canadian immigration system undergoes some phenomenal, innovative transitions. The Express Entry (EE), invited a record-breaking number of candidates for the first half of 2021, and we will definitely perceive a perpetual rise for the latter half of the year.
ITA Draw Data & Graph
The COVID-19 pandemic impedes a handful of prospective immigrants’ entrance to Canada. Nevertheless, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) refuses to slack in its issuance of invitations to apply (ITA).
With Federal Skilled Workers and Traders (FSW and FST) draws currently on hold, Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates have become EE’s greatest beneficiary. Since the start of 2021, the minimum CRS score for CEC has constantly astounded the immigrant community with new lows. Moreover, the score manifested an unprecedented 75 points minimum this February. As a result, a historical feat of 27,322 people were invited to apply for permanent residence.
Many have expressed their awe when EE ITAs reached 44,124 for Q1 2021. However, the statistics for Q2 witnessed another surge, for total of 44, 591 ITA was issued for Q2 alone.
So far for the first half of 2021, IRCC has issued 88,715 ITAs. This is the highest number of ITAs since EE was released in 2015.
Last year, the federal government announced several goals in its 2021-2023 Immigration Level Plan. One of the goals indicates a total intake of 189,300 new immigrations for 2021, with 108,500 skilled immigrations and 80,800 provincial nominees.
IRCC’s ITA issuance has yet to reach half of its designated cap. On the bright side, with border reopening steadily in progress, returning workers and students will spur another immigration fad for the rest of this year.
IRCC Procedural Update
On Tuesday this week, IRCC announced that all candidates who received EE ITAs on or later than June 29, 2021, must complete their applications within 60 days. Considering the prolonged delivery of required documents during the pandemic, IRCC extended the time frame from 60 to 90 days. However, now that the pandemic has passed its critical stage, IRCC has revoked the change.
5 Important Facts about EE
1. EE is online-dependent
As a crucial component of modernizing the Canadian immigration system, EE’s online system has greatly expedited application processing time. Both application submission and result announcement will be delivered electronically.
Such a revolutionary step not only eliminated excessive paper usage, but also ensured applicant’s privacy.
2. EE utilizes a points-based system
Whether one receives an ITA depends on his/her score in EE. The higher the score, the greater the chance of being invited.
The full score for EE is 1200. Nonetheless, striving for this score is unnecessary.
The system ranks candidates based on the following factors:
- English and/or French proficiency
- Education level
- Work experience in Canada
- A positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
3. Management of both federal and provincial immigration programs
Although FSW, FST, and CEC constitute most of EE’s invitations, the system also processes PNP applications from all 13 provinces and territories.
4. There is no intake limit or deadline for EE
Unlike some immigration programs, there is no deadline to apply for EE. In other words, one can enter the EE draw pool at anytime.
Simultaneously, there are no caps on the number of candidates EE can accept. Regardless of the number of applications, it is the candidate’s CRS score that determines the final application outcome.
5. EE is subject to amendments and termination
EE’s introduction has optimized the Canadian immigration system. Yet, there are still reservations regarding its permanency, which is why the government conducts timely changes on the system. According to IRCC, the government will constantly improve EE to the benefit of applicants.